Probationary Status

Probationary Status

After being suspended from graduate study for poor academic performance, a graduate student may appeal for a semester on probation. If the program and the Graduate School approve an appeal from the student, the student will be granted one semester to bring the GPA up to 3.0 or better or to repeat a course with a failing grade. That student will be considered enrolled under probationary status during the post-appeal semester. Restrictions:

  • A student can have only one probationary term per degree program. If the student was admitted provisionally, the first term counts as the probationary term.
  • A student enrolled under probationary status cannot hold a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or NC Tuition Scholarship.
  • A transfer course may not be used to substitute for a course in which a student earned a grade of "F" at Appalachian.

Programs wanting to retain a suspended student under probationary status must submit a retention plan for the student to the School of Graduate Studies. This plan is an agreement among the student, program, and the Graduate School outlining the conditions for probation from both the program and the Graduate School. The retention plan should include the following:

  1. Term of probation requested;
  2. Program's reason(s) for retaining the student; and,
  3. Conditions/requirements required by program during probationary period.